Mark’s London Fashion Week diary
BY MARK HEYES, CELEBRITY STYLIST ON 26 FEB 2010 10:46 AUTUMN/WINTERCOMMENTS
Mark Heyes is our fashion expert bringing you the hottest trends and news from Designers at Debenhams. He’s a celebrity stylist to the likes of Lorraine Kelly and a regular face on GMTV. Here’s his London Fashion Week diary…
London fashion week kicked off last Thursday night with the star-studded Fashion for Relief catwalk show. I was backstage for GMTV and was schmoozing with Naomi and the fashionista crowd, not forgetting Alexandra Burke, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts. It was then time for 40 winks and a 4.30am start for a GMTV live from Somerset House catwalk.
The hot topic on twitter on Saturday was Mark Fast’s catwalk show, where he used plus sized models on the runway (that’s size 16 to you and me!). I’m all for the use of curvy, healthy girls and I’m 100% behind the Debenhams trial of using size 16 mannequins in their windows! Hoorah!
Next it was a quick taxi ride to House of Holland. There’s no denying it, Henry Holland
always puts a smile on everyone’s face at LFW (apart from the 300 people left standing outside). The lights went down and ‘90s ghetto glamour hit the runway with bandana prints and logos galore. I loved the collection and Henry’s one of the nicest blokes in fashion – I’m super excited that H! by Henry Holland is hitting Debenhams stores as we speak.
Then it was back to the tent for John Rocha where there was an air of gothic glamour in his collection. There was a huge emphasis on all things black. It may have been dark but the collection was made up of beautiful leather capes, lace dresses, tulle petticoats and a surprising interlude of pale pink sheepskin and luxe cream wool outerwear. Gorgeous!
Kicking off Sunday morning Betty Jackson wowed the crowds with lots of leather, knitwear and a wintry palette of sultry dark hues. A few hours later it was onto Jasper Conran where bold colours were the order of the day with vibrant reds, sunshine yellows and Prussian blues – a refreshing twist from the sea of fashion week black.
At Matthew Williamson was joined in the front row with the crème de la crème of the celeb world – Sienna and Twiggy were championing Matthew as not only a great designer, but Twiggy was also telling me he’s a mean dancer! His collection was its usual fabulous self with three-dimensional embellishment and an interesting mix of autumn colours leading the way.
It was then onto one of the best locations of LFW, The Banqueting Hall on Whitehall for the lovely Julian McDonald. He took his inspiration from a Jilly Cooper novel – equestrian glamour with a sexy edge. His dresses used intricate lace, silk panelling and some ruching thrown in for good measure. His outerwear was sublime, but for me it was the knitwear that stole the show. I was chatting to Vogue’s Alexandra Shulman who tipped knitwear as one of the hottest trends for AW10, so watch this space!
Sunday finished with good old Vivienne Westwood doing her thang and pulling in the celebs as always. Top of the list this year was Janet Jackson. It was then a mad dash to the Royal Opera House to find out who was wearing what at the Baftas.
Monday saw the Elle Style Awards pull in some big name stars and some fabulous outfits. I managed to chat to a glowing Danni Minogue, the miniature Olsen twins, a sultry Kristen Stewart and finally the all-important Sarah Brown. What a night… and what a week!